Day in history for April 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The four newspapers of Davenport have joined The Argus in taking strong ground against the sale of the island of Rock Island and in favor of preserving it for a national armory.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Davenport woman proposes to prove, if her challenge is accepted, that she can wash 1,000 shirts in 250 hours.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Bitter words were exchanged and rival factions were on the point of trading blows at the Rock Island County Republican convention. Nominated for county offices are G.W. Gamble, J.K. Scott, L.V. Eckhart and M.A. Gould.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City men will confer with Washington officials tomorrow regarding more work for Rock Island Arsenal.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen battled a sawdust fire more than two hours Wednesday afternoon at the Rock Island Millwork Company. Only negligible damages resulted from the smoldering fire in one of the three elevated sawdust hoppers which feeds sawdust fuel to the company's power plant. Spontaneous combustion is believed to have caused the fire.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline police have asked the public to watch for a dangerous chlorine gas cylinder, stolen from Sentry Pool and Chemical Supply, Inc., 1529 46th Ave., Moline. Police say the cylinder is silver with a red cap, 5 feet long and 18 inches in diameter. Printed on the side of the tank is Midwest Chlorine Co.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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